When we were at sea it was simple, you kept your nose clean and your head down and one day you might get promoted provided you were in the right place at the right time. You did your time in the junior ranks before reaching the heady heights of Ch. Off / Captain or 2/E/O or C/E/O. The Captain more often that not resembled the popular stereo type, you know, eldest onboard, weather worn features, authority on all thinks nautical, grey beard, you get the picture.That's from ShipTalk. Go here and take the survey about life at sea. Where else does anyone care what you think?